Giving you the music a day early:
Yes, it has been 17 years since Todd Snider had his “hit” with “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues.” Let’s hope that’s not all you know about this gifted Americana singer/songwriter. Snider’s “Alcohol and Pills” name checks Hank Williams, Elvis (Though the claim Elvis “came up from Jackson” is wrong.), Janis Joplin, Gram Parsons and Jimi Hendrix over its howling, country rock chords. The 2004 tune is just one of the Americana gems written by Snider in his career. Snider comes to Juanita’s. The doors open at 9 p.m. with the music at 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. No word on the opening act.
And to think all it took was one listen to The Edgar Winter Group’s “Frankenstein.” The synthesizer breakdown in the ’70s rock tune was the reason that Florida electronica artist DJ Icey started creating music, pioneering the Florida Breaks genre with his broken beat, bass heavy sound. “The King of The Funky Breaks” comes to Rev Room. The opening acts are Fresh Millions, Jared Lawler, Justin Sane vs. Balance and Spencer RX with the music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance for the 18-and-up show.
The Little Rock Folk Club returns with a visit from Claude Bourbon, an European born and raised, and classically trained guitarist and singer whose music is a fusion of a little of everything it seems, from classical and jazz to Eastern influences to Spanish and Latin elements to American folk and blues music. And when he plays live he interweaves all these influences into a hybrid that defies categorization. Bourbon comes to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock’s Thomson Hall with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for students, and free of children 11 and under.
The Clear Channel Metroplex will host a night of hip-hop featuring Yo Gotti and CMG for a Power 92 Jams exclusive concert. Hosted by JoJo Everythangs, the music starts at 10 p.m. with tickets $20 in advance and $50 for VIP. Other music will be supplied by Dr. Feelgood. Yo Gotti is a Memphis-raised hip-hop artist known for his hardcore, Dirty South hip hop who released the single “We Can Get It On” earlier this summer as fans of this underground rapper await the release of his first studio album Live From The Kitchen.
Back in May, beloved local singer Cody Belew announced he was departing for Nashville, Tenn, and the better promise of a music career, and then followed it up with his going-away show. Half a year later, Cody Belew is back in town for a show at Cajun’s Wharf as Cody Belew & The Mercers deliver their energized music that includes nods at R&B, Americana, soul, jazz, gospel, pop and country. The music starts at 9 p.m.. and there’s a $5 cover after 8:30 p.m., but if you want a good seat you better get there at happy hour. Or before. Maybe noon.
The Arkansas State Fair Complex is home to 10 days of music with the annual return of the Arkansas State Fair and all the music that goes along with it. There will also be rides, food, games, livestock and more, but the music on the Wendy’s Main Stage includes Friday night headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Admission is free to the shows with paid fair admission which is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior citizens ages 60 and over, and free to children ages 6 and under. Parking at the fairgrounds is $5 per vehicle.
Here’s Todd Snider with his “Looking For a Job”: